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FLIGHTS THREATENED, INCLUDING SOUTHWEST PLANE FROM SAN DIEGO

SOITEC TO SHIFT FOCUS AWAY FROM SOLAR

LAKESIDE VANDALS SOUGHT: $1,000 REWARD OFFERED

PRESIDENT LAYS OUT POPULIST PLANS TO HELP MIDDLE CLASS IN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

REPUBLICAN RESPONSE TO STATE OF UNION OFFERS SHARP CONTRAST TO PRESIDENT’S VISION

WHAT OBAMA’S STATE OF THE UNION MEANS FOR SAN DIEGO

COME TO THE CABARET: LA MESA CHAMBER'S 7TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO LOCAL HEROES

TENTATIVE VICTORY FOR ALPINE IN LAWSUIT OVER FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

COUNTY PLANNERS APPROVE SOITEC SOLAR PROJECTS IN BOULEVARD DESPITE SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL AND FINANCIAL ISSUES


BAYLOR BEATS UCLA 49-26 AT BRIDGEPOINT HOLIDAY BOWL

 

Story by David Lissek

Photos provided by www.JM2-Group.com

December 28, 2012 (San Diego) – Thursday’s 35th anniversary of the Holiday Bowl was sponsored by Bridgepoint Education and celebrated with Baylor University’s Bears winning in a runaway game over the 17th ranked UCLA Bruins.

The Holiday Bowl was played at Qualcomm Stadium and highlighted contending NCAA teams from the Pacific-12 against the Big 12 Conference. UCLA entered the contest slightly favored but heavily represented by its supportive Southern California fan & alumni base. Unfortunately for the Bruins, neither proved helpful.

BRIDGE JUMPERS SHUT DOWN MAJOR FREEWAYS

Update: Both 163 and 805 are now reopened, though traffic on 163 remains slow as of 5:55 p.m.

December 28, 2012 (San Diego) -- For the second time today, a suicidal person threatening to jump off a bridge has caused major traffic delays.  Late this afternoon, State Route 163 has been shut down in both directions at the Laurel Street Bridge in Balboa Park.  The I-5 connector to 163 is also closed due to the jumper.

Earlier today, a man threatening to jump off a bridge forced shut-down of I-805 at State Route 54. That individual has been taken into custody and 805 is now reopened. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts, please contact these resources: 

County Suicide Prevention Resources
County Suicide Prevention Hotline:

1-800-479-3339

DRIVER KILLED WHEN VEHICLE PLUMMETS OFF BRIDGE ONTO HIGHWAY 94

December 28, 2012 (San Diego) – Jesus H. Rodriguez, 24, or Otay Mesa died at the scene of an accident at 3:17 a.m.  Rodriguez was driving west on the State Route 94 connector bridge to southbound I-15 when he lost control and went off the bridge, landing on State Route 94 beneath.  Rodriguez, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.

COUNTDOWN TO 2013: EAST COUNTY GUIDE TO NEW YEAR’S EVE

 

By Ariele Johannsen

December 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for the best parties and most fabulous feasts in East County and San Diego’s inland areas this New Year’s Eve?  East County Magazine has prepared our guide to the top local activities where you can ring in the New Year.  Local casinos are hosting parties with drawings for prizes ranging from cars to cash, and some offer free shuttle rides from convenient East County locations. Local chefs are pulling out all the stops with special menus.  There’s even an alcohol-free celebration for those who prefer not to imbibe, plus special transportation to help you reach destinations in more distant locales. Check the websites below for the latest details.

Have a safe and happy New Year!

FBI AND SAN DIEGO POLICE SEEK PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE TO IDENTIFY WELLS FARGO BANK ROBBER

December 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The FBI and San Diego Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown male responsible for robbing the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 9996 Scripps Ranch Boulevard, San Diego on December 26 at approximately 12:08 p.m.  The robber approached the victim teller, who had just finished helping another customer, and held a demand note in one hand and a bag in the other.  The teller placed a sum of money in the bag and the robber quickly exited the bank with the bag, spilling money on the way.

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK!

East County Magazine is now on Facebook!  You can follow us, be our friend, and "like" us here:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/East-County-Magazine/524328380924611.

This is a new page, separate from our editor, Miriam Raftery's Facebook page.  We will be transitioning our news site's information to the new page, so please be sure to "friend" us for the latest posts. 

OH, YEAH! THE YES TEAM PERFORMS JANUARY 8 AT JULIAN LIBRARY

December 28, 2012 (Julian) – As part of the San Diego County Library’s acoustical performance series, The Yes Team will perform at the Julian Library on January 8.

The free concert will be held from 6- 7 p.m. The library is located at 1850 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036.

LA MESA TO HOST "PARTY OF THE CENTURY" FOR CENTENNIAL JANUARY 12

December 28, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa Centennial Committee invites you to take a step back in time at the "Party of the Century", celebrating 100 years of La Mesa history.  The event, priced at $100 a ticket, will take place on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the La Mesa Community Center.

The party will feature music by the Cadillacs as well as teh pEter Marin and Fran Unqueto Trio, dancing, and food.  

FROM THE CHIEFS CORNER: NEW YEAR’S SAFETY TIPS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

December 28, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--New Year's Eve is a night to have fun and celebrate the coming year. However, safety is a must when participating in the festivities.

Whether you're staying in and celebrating with friends and family, or you're traveling to a party or city bash, following a few safety tips will ensure that you're safe and sound when the clock strikes midnight, ringing in the New Year!

 

 

SOBER RIDE HOME OPTIONS FOR SAFE NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS

December 28, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 774 people were killed in California last year due to alcohol-related crashes. Don't become a statistic or endanger others. Use the phone numbers below to arrange for a designated driver, or for a free towing service to your home.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department will be out in force this holiday weekend with extra patrols and DUI checkpoints across the county.  “Celebrate the festivities with your family, not the in the jail or hospital,” the Sheriff urges. “Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime. You will be arrested. Remember, 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.' We will be watching.”

CAR SHOW DRIVES INTO TOWN: ECM CHECKS OUT TRUCKS RUGGED ENOUGH FOR BACKCOUNTRY ROADS

By Nadin Abbott

Photos by Tom Abbott, video by Nadin Abbott

December 27, 2012 (San Diego)-- The New Car Dealers Association of San Diego brings once again the San Diego International Auto Show, among the largest in the nation and the second largest in Southern California, to the San Diego Convention Center now Thursday through Sunday. The show this year features some old stand bys such as the Jeep Experience, where you can ride in one of several Jeeps to highlight the abilities of these vehicles. This year I rode a Trail Hawk Special Edition and the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Limited, which is a four door model. 

View a video of the ride here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9pv9QI__bM&feature=youtu.be

DON'T MESS WITH EAST COUNTY WOMEN, ARMED INTRUDER LEARNS THE HARD WAY

Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

December 27, 2012 (Harbison Canyon) – A gunman who broke into a home in Harbison Canyon today is now hospitalized after a woman inside fought back in self defense.  ECM news partner 10 News reports the man  demanded  cash and shot at two women in the residence. Fortunately, one of the victims was able to wrestle the gunman to the ground, grab the gun and strike him on the head with the weapon.

2012: THE YEAR OF THE PEOPLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The power of social media has given rise to a new phenomenon seen across our region and around the world:  residents are taking to the streets, sending tweets, and discovering the power of the people.  They’re organizing online, launching petitions, posting viral videos on Youtube, promoting causes on Facebook.  A year aqo, in 2011, the world witnessed the power of citizen activism when the Egyptian government was overthrown.  Here at home, the rise in citizen activism in the past year has led to some remarkable achievements and some noteworthy upsets.

Here are some of the results of citizen activism in our region over the past year.

NEWSMAKERS OF THE YEAR 2012

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Each year, East County Magazine selects those who made headlines in East County.  Some inspired and amazed our readers, others caused consternation and indignation.  Whether deserving of praise or outrage, these are the newsmakers' whose accomplishments were most noteworthy in 2012, listed in alphabetical order.

DOG FOUND IN BURNING HOME DIES DESPITE CPR

December 27, 2012 (La Mesa)—A fire that began in or near a wall heater yesterday morning swiftly engulfed a granny flat in the 8400 block of Sunrise Avenue.  After a neighbor reported the blaze, Heartland Fire & Rescue crews arrived within five minutes.  

Firefighters stretched hose lines inside the building to aggressively fight the fire, while other crews vented the structure to allow smoke and hot gases to escape.  The blaze was doused within 10 minutes and firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to neighboring buildings. 

EARTHTALK®: LINK BETWEEN CHILDHOOD ILLNESSES AND PESTICIDES

E - The Environmental Magazine

Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss

December 27, 2012 (San Diego)--Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that children are sicker today than they were a generation ago and that pesticides have played a major role?                                             -- Maria Jenkins, Clewiston, FL

FIGHTERS AT FITNESS CENTER HOLD TOY DRIVE

By Rebecca J. Williamson

December 27, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Marquez vs Pacquiao fight has nothing over the boxers (and stuffed animal lovers) at El Cajon’s Und1sputed Fitness and Training Center. Boxers Andy Murad and 14-year-old high school student Anthony Cesena were among those who pitched in to help during the Center’s toy drive, Christmas party, and fight club exhibition held Saturday, December 15.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARY OFFERS RESOURCES FOR HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH TRAGEDY

December 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- People of all ages are struggling to comprehend the shootings that took place in Newtown, Conn. In particular, children and teens are likely struggling to make sense of the things they are seeing and hearing regarding the tragedy on television, at school, and among their peers. Many children will have questions and be in need of additional comfort in the coming days and weeks. San Diego County Library has put together a list of resources that parents can use to help answer questions and reassure children of their safety and comfort.

UNDECKING THE HALLS? RECYCLE YOUR GARLANDS, WREATHS, WRAPPING AND HOLIDAY TREE

Also recycle glass bottles and beverage containers from holiday parties

December 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--EDCO has sent a reminder for customers to recycle this holiday season. Paper gift wrap, gift boxes, greeting cards, cardboard and glass, metal and plastic beverage containers can all be recycled in customers’ commingled recycling containers. Holiday trees, wreaths, garlands and cut flowers can also be recycled by placing these in the designated green waste cans after all lights and decorations have been removed. For more holiday information, visit www.edcodisposal.com.

RENO DISPATCH: REPORT - CANCER VACCINE SAVES LIVES, BUT FDA DOESN'T CARE

December 27, 2012 (San Diego) – Many lives have been saved by a personalized vaccine for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer called BioVax ID. But inexcusably, BioVax ID, which has been around since 1994, remains unapproved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is unavailable to many patients.

The FDA says it denied a request for accelerated approval for this vaccine from the company, Biovest, because the vaccine does not fill an unmet need. But patients and patient advocates I've spoken to across the nation strongly disagree.

http://therenodispatch.blogspot.com/2012/12/cancer-vaccine-saves-lives-b...

COMEDIENNE JANICE REMLAND AT MESA GRILL DEC. 28

December 27, 2012 (La Mesa) – Looking for some laughs?  Brew Ha Ha Comedy presents Janice Remland performing live standup comedy at the Holiday Inn, Mesa Grill, 8000 Parkway Drive, La Mesa on Dec. 28.  The mixer will begin at 6 p.m. with the show time at 7 p.m.

EL CAJON POLICE TO HOLD DUI CHECKPOINT FRIDAY NIGHT: ALL VEHICLES MAY BE STOPPED AND IMPAIRED DRIVERS ARESTED

December 26, 2012 (El Cajon) --El Cajon Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint this coming Friday, December 28, 2012 at approximately 6:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. Saturday, December 29.  In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

PASSAGES: FINAL FAREWELLS BID TO THESE EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS IN 2012

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—East County lost some prominent residents in 2012, from celebrities and pioneers to lesser known individuals who achieved extraordinary accomplishments in their lives or touched our hearts in their passing. 

Scroll down to read about those lost in 2012; click on their names to read more about these remarkable individuals.

 

 

WILD HORSE HERITAGE HERD ON NEXT "HISTORY ALIVE” IN LEMON GROVE JAN. 3

December 24, 2012 (Lemon Grove) --The distant hoof beats of America's ancestral horses echo across the centuries into the living present in a thrilling presentation by Kathleen Hayden, president of Coyote Canyon Caballos d'Anza, scheduled for the "History Alive" series, hosted by the Lemon Grove Historical Society, on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove.

Founded in 2004 by Robert and Kathleen Hayden, the nonprofit Coyote Canyon organization, headquartered in Santa Ysabel, is restoring San Diego's only Heritage Herd of wild horses to their historic habitat.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

December 26, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

BOOK REVIEW: ADVENTURES AND DANGERS ABOUND IN TRAVELS WITH A ROAD DOG

Travels With A Road Dog: Hitchhiking Along the Roads of the Americas, by R.K. (Charleston, SC, 2012, 364 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

December 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Reading East County resident R.K.s’ memoir, Travels With A Road Dog: Hitchhiking Along the Roads of the Americas, immediately conjures up thoughts of Woodstock to me, and all things associated with that time and place in American history and lore. It was a time of expression of freedom and adventure, which the author certainly demonstrates in her book.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: WILD TURKEYS IN CUYAMACA

Decenber 26, 2012 (Cuyamaca) -- Turkeys for Christmas  may conjure up images of a holiday dinner.  But photographer Tom Lemon spotted this flock on Christmas Day while driving through Rancho Cuyamaca State Park.  He suggests these turkeys should be grateful that they're living in a protected area where hunting is not allowed--or, perhaps, hoping more folks will choose ham for their next holiday feast.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CHRISTMAS MAGIC AT COWLES ISLAND

December 25, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- No, this isn't a preview of what East County might look like after a few decades of rising tides and global climate change.  This image of Cowles "island" is in fact Cowles Mountain, surrounded not by water, but a sea of clouds. 

Scroll down for a second image depicting the Grossmont Knoll and Cowles Mountain, adrift in early morning clouds viewed from Mount Helix.  Both of these magical images were photographed by photographer Tom Lemon.

KICKING SENSATION’S YOUTUBE VIDEO EARNS NFL TRY-OUT

 

Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland trains in San Diego with coach Michael Husted

December 26, 2012 (San Diego) – More than a million people have viewed Norwegian Havard Rugland’s YouTube video showing off his amazing kicking skills, says kicking coach Michael Husted, a former NFL kicker working wtih Rugland in San Diego.  It’s also earned him the attention of NFL coaches and a workout with the New York Jets—even though he’s never played in a football game before.

View Havard Rugland's "Kickalicious" YouTube video here, in which he kicks footballs not only through goalposts on fields, but also into the waiting arms of a colleague in a moving car, on a skateboard, and atop a hill.

Husted, who has been training Rugland in recent weeks, is not surprised that the video has generated plenty of ‘buzz’ in both the media and the NFL.

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